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Perry Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down After Rise in Radiation

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High radiation levels recorded at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County prompted a special inspection by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

On April 22, workers at the plant immediately evacuated when radiation levels rose as the plant was shutting down for a refueling outage. Levels rose while workers were removing a monitor that measures nuclear reactions during start-up, low-power operations and shutdown.

A spokesman said the contractors “did not use the proper method to remove this piece of equipment from underneath the reactor,” causing the rise in radiation levels.

The shutdown at one of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants came just days after Ohio was named the least green state in the nation.

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